Exhibition Runs October 8-17, 2014

SukkahPDX 2014 Call for Proposals

Monday, July 14: Final Submission and Registration Deadline

Friday, August 1: Notification of Jury Decision

Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education and the Mittleman Jewish Community Center invites designers, artists and makers of all backgrounds to propose contemporary responses to the traditional challenges of sukkah design. 

A sukkah is a temporary dwelling - a domestic structure traditionally erected each fall in observance of the Jewish harvest holiday of Sukkot. Jewish texts and tradition offer a rich and complex set of parameters for sukkah design and construction, which generate an explicitly fragile and permeable shelter. 

The sukkah poses ancient questions of protection, enclosure, transience, displacement and domestic space that remain highly relevant in 21st century art, craft and design. Awardees of this juried competition will receive a supply budget of $400 to create and install their proposed sukkah on the grounds of the Oregon Jewish Museum or the Mittleman Jewish Community Center in Portland, OR. This deliberately modest budget is intended to promote thoughtful engagement with the ephemeral nature of the sukkah, and to encourage careful consideration of material consumption. Proposals that employ recycled, salvaged or sustainable materials are encouraged. 
All proposals should include a plan for the continued use of the sukkah or its component materials beyond the exhibition period. A collection of up to nine winning sukkahs will remain on display throughout the holiday of Sukkot 2014, where they will serve as the focal point of a weeklong series of events that seek to create contemporary context and connection to the themes of this ancient holiday.

SukkahPDX 2014 Jurors

Frances Bronet- Dean of the School of Architecture and Allied Arts at University of Oregon.
Kenneth Helphand- Philip H. Knight Professor of Landscape Architecture Emeritus at University of Oregon.
Richard Shugar- Principal Architect at 2Form Architecture in Eugene, Oregon.
Eddy Shuldman- Portland based glass artist and original founder of Northwest Jewish Artists group ORA.

SukkahPDX CURATORIAL TEAM: Coren Rau and Sandra Oberdorfer
CURRENT and PAST PARTNERS: Mittleman Jewish Community Center, ComedySportz Portland, Habitat for Humanity Portland, Moishe House Portland, Portland Jewish Academy, Portland Young Adult Shabbat, TIVNU: Building Justice, Institute for Judaic Studies
Made Possible Thanks To Grant Funding From:  Jewish Federation of Greater Portland

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